Fees and disbursements are important to both lawyer and client and are discussed at the earliest possible time.
 
When you ring to make your first appointment I will quote a fee for the cost of this first meeting.
 
At this first meeting I will take a history and advise you of your options. If you decide to instruct me as your counsel in an on-going matter I will either quote a fee for the job or an hourly rate.
 
Disbursements are out of pocket expenses such as; tolls, photocopying, air fares, accommodation, court filing fees and are added to the quoted fees.
 
We Offer:

I CAN HELP YOU WITH

Advice: The most valuable service that I offer is advice on how to respond to problems.

Advocacy: Protecting your rights in and out of the Court Room.

Criminal Law: Representation in all types of prosecution (eg Police, Civil Aviation Authority, Customs and other government agencies).

Traffic Law: Representation in drink driving; careless or reckless driving and related offences. Limited Licenses ('work licenses').

Litigation: Bringing or defending all types of civil claims.

Family Law. Representation and advocacy relating to children and the division of relationship property.

Appeals. If necessary I can prepare and argue an appeal.

 

FEES:

FIRST MEETING

I will quote a fee for our first meeting. If you want me to prepare by reading over documents I will give you a quote which includes this preparation. This fee is payable at the time of the meeting.

HOW FEES ARE CALCULATED

There are a number of factors involved in the calculation of my fees including: complexity, importance to you, urgency and time engaged and the decisions you make about case management.

FEES ARE QUOTED OR ESTIMATED IN ONE OF THREE WAYS

A quote is a firm price for a well defined service. This is a fixed fee.

An estimate is based on the information you give me and is my best guess as to the work it will take to carry out your instructions. I will try to stick to it but may have to exceed it if something unexpected crops up.

I may quote or estimate the fee for a well defined part of your case.

If it is impossible to quote or estimate the fee, the fee is based no an hourly rate times the number of hours engaged.

GOODS AND SERVICES TAX

All fees are exclusive of goods and services tax and the goods and services tax is added to them.

DISBURSEMENTS

These are out of pocket expenses such as: copying, travel, court filing fees and other expenses I incur carrying out your instructions. These are additional to my fees.

PAYMENT

My usual practice is to ask you to pay an agreed amount into my trust account. I will render regular invoices and statements so that you know exactly how much my services are costing you.

I accept: cash, bank cheques and online payment into my trust account.